Pirate3D's Low-cost Buccaneer Budget 3D Printer On Sale

After raising more than $1.4 million via Kickstarter in June, Pirate3D will begin selling the Buccaneer 3D printer in January 2014 for a surprisingly low $497, not including $100 shipping. Preorders for the release of the Buccaneer began this weekend.

The company also released specs for the 3D printer. It uses organic PLA plastic filaments to fabricate objects up to 5.7 in. x 4.9 in. x 6.1 in. (145 mm x 125 mm x 155 mm), which is smaller than the 8 in. x 8 in. x 8 in. print space that several other 3D printers use. But objects will have a resolution of 85 microns, which is more detailed than the 100 microns most budget 3D printers have. The printer itself measures 10.15 in. x 10.15 in. x 17.3 in. (258 mm x 258 mm x 440 mm) and weighs 17.6 lbs. (8 kg), with a stainless steel frame. It uses 1.75 mm filament and a .4 mm nozzle, like many budget 3D printers.

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The product site also claims that the Buccaneer will be manufactured so precisely that users will not have to calibrate it — a common set-up step. The printer will have a patented extruder made from a single piece of aluminum that will prevent the filament from jamming, the company says.

The Buccaneer is just one of more than 20 3D printers that have been successfully funded for over $100,000 on Kickstarter, and one of the few that exceeded $1 million in funding.

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  • One of the cheapest assembled 3D printers i've ever saw. If reviews are good, this is a really good deal for anybody interested on 3D printing.
  • Can someone tell me why I, as a regular consumer would want or need a 3D printer? I know it would be pretty "cool" to have one, but i dont see the need.
  • Regular consumers don't really have much of a need for 3D printers...yet. IMO this is mainly due to the working materials available to budget printers. If in the future there are 3D printers that fit consumers' budgets and that can work with multiple plastics and metals, THEN I think that there will be a huge place for them. Spare and replacement part libraries will be available all over the web. Forget driving to the hardware store, just open your web browser. This also brings up the fact that current printers are probably slower than just driving to the store, so the speed will also need to increase before the standard consumer really sees the use for one.